Pope Francis on October 27, 2018, offered condolences to victims of the flash floods in Jordan near the Dead Sea. More than 20 have been confirmed dead, including many children.
The following is the telegram of condolences sent by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin on behalf of the Holy Father to the apostolic nuncio in Jordan, H.E. Msgr. Martín Alberto Ortega:
Deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life and the injury caused by the serious floods following heavy rains in Jordan, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this natural disaster. In a particular way, he prays for the young people whose lives were lost, the healing of those injured and the consolation of all who grieve. While offering encouragement to the civil authorities and those involved in the search and rescue efforts, His Holiness willingly invokes upon all the divine gifts of strength and peace.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State